Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Bernard J. Malone, Jr. '72 has joined the Capital Region’s largest law firm, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, as senior counsel.
Justice Malone was a gubernatorial appointee to New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, in Manhattan, and then the Appellate Division’s Third Department in Albany for the past four years. Before that, he served as a trial judge on the New York State Supreme Court in Albany for seven years, He will practice at Whiteman in the areas of corporate compliance, arbitration and mediation.
Justice Malone was a long-time trustee at the Albany Law School and was president of the National Alumni Association. A generous donor, he is an avid fan of fellow graduate Justice Robert H. Jackson, class of 1912, participating in several Justice Jackson Centennial events last year. While enrolled at Albany Law, he was an assistant librarian and a member of the rugby team.
Justice Malone is the co-chairperson with former New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye of the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Youth Courts and is a founding member of the Federal/New York State Judicial Advisory Council. Prior to being elected a judge, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in Albany and Syracuse for 15 years. Previously, he was an assistant district attorney in Albany.
A graduate of Niagara University, class of 1965, Justice Malone was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1969, was a distinguished graduate of the Infantry Officer Candidate School and was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.
Justice Malone’s portrait will be unveiled and hung in the gallery of former New York State Supreme Court Justices in the historic Albany County Courthouse.